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Decoding boundaries in contemporary Japan; the Koizumi administration and beyond.


Decoding boundaries in contemporary Japan; the Koizumi administration and beyond.

Ed. by Glenn D. Hook.



270 pages



Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies/ Routledge series


Moves towards a stronger presence in the international arena and deregulation and "structural reform" in the domestic sphere during the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro (2001-2006) have had long-lasting repercussions on the political, economic, and social "boundaries" of Japanese life that have been shifting during and after his tenure. Edited by Hook (Japanese politics and international relations, U. of Sheffield, UK), this volume contains 10 papers analyzing these shifting boundaries, moving from the international to the domestic level. Papers discuss the role of Japan in shifting the boundaries of the G8's agenda and membership; mediated attempts by the Japanese right to redraw the moral boundaries of Sino-Japanese relations; Japan's response to North Korea as a "rogue state" outside the boundaries of international society; boundaries of interstate society and Japan's response to piracy in Southeast Asia; shifts in the boundaries defining which actors have control over policy-making; prime ministerial leadership strategies for defining boundaries within and among Japanese political parties; redefining legal boundaries between and among sub-national political authorities; the transition in boundaries between business and government; shifting power boundaries between labor unions and the Keidanren (Japan's powerful business association); legal boundary change between international standards, the state, and civil society in the criminal justice system; and changes in the boundaries of the legal basis of national universities.

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Title Annotation:Sheffield Centre for Japanese Studies/ Routledge series
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Date:Apr 1, 2011
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